Buyers from all over Northern Ireland – and one from County Wicklow – were among an estimated 500-strong crowd at the dispersal sale of Mr George A Duncan’s “Mainestream” herd of pedigree and non-pedigree Friesians on his farm at Hollybrook House, Randalstown, last week.
Mr Jack Irvine, auctioneer of J A McClelland and Sons, who conducted the sale, said there was “absolutely no hesitancy” on the part of buyers and bidding was “very brisk”.
He added that the tremendous turn-out of farmers at the auction was one of the largest he had seen at a local sale.
A total of 45 animals – 35 pedigree and 10 non-pedigree – which came under the hammer sold for just under £4,500.
Mr Joe McCracken, Randalstown, paid the top price of 210 guineas for a pedigree cow, Mainestream Margaret, and Mr Eric Bryson, Antrim, went to 36 guineas to secure a cross-bred animal, Jill 8th.
Next highest price of 28 guineas was paid by Mr J Cadoo, Millisle, for an eight year old pedigree cow, Mainestream Dibell.
Mainestream Pearl 4th was sold for 185 guineas to Mr J A Patterson, Bangor, and another pedigree cow, Mainestream Dibell 3rd went to Mrs Margaret Kerr, Toomebridge, for 157 guineas.